WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – An increase in potholes this winter has turned Westchester roads into an obstacle course, causing damage to many tires, rims and shocks.
Teresa Golebiowski of Yonkers said she will not take the Bronx River Parkway south after a pothole near Reid Avenue destroyed her front right tire.
“I hit the hole and popped the tire,” she said. “Palmer Road near the Sprain bridge is an obstacle course.”
Ken Schoene, of Dobbs Ferry, compared driving this winter to "driving on the moon."
“We got a lot more this year because it’s so cold,” Vinnie Duffield, superintendent of highways in Pound Ridge, told Daily Voice.
Duffield said that the fluctuations in temperature and double-the-average amount of snow this winter is causing the uptick in potholes. Road material expands when it gets warm and then cracks form. Those cracks expand when rain and snow fill those cracks and then freeze. Duffield called this the “freeze and thaw cycle.”
“The main roads are pretty bad, but the back roads seem to be holding out pretty well,” he said.
Like Duffield, Bedford's Highway Commissioner, Kevin Winn, said he has also noticed more potholes this winter.
Westchester has had 55-to-65 inches of snow dumped on it this winter, more than double the average of 27.7 inches during 10.7 snow days each winter, according to Current Results Research News & Science Facts.
Rivertowns Taxi in Hastings-on-Hudson is also feeling the brunt of the pothole epidemic. Its co-owner, Sean O’Reilly, said it can be costly.
"Pot holes are killing my cars' front ends and they destroy the wheel rims," he said. “All the highways are bad this year. We get tire blowouts and front end work can cost in the hundreds of dollars depending on the damage."
Regina Herring wrote on Daily Voice's Facebook page that Lexington Avenue in Mohegan Lake is the worst when traveling east from Route 202.
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